South Yorkshire girl Laura’s killer denied the right to appeal

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A TEENAGER who murdered his girlfriend after she told his family about their relationship has been refused a chance to appeal his prison sentence.

Ashtiaq Asghar lured 17-year-old Laura Wilson to the canal side in Rotherham, and stabbed her repeatedly in the head before leaving her for dead in the water.

The 19-year-old, of Holmes Lane, Holmes, was jailed for life at Sheffield Crown Court last December and ordered to serve at least 17-and-a-half years behind bars, after admitting murder.

But he tried to reignite an appeal against the length of his minimum jail term at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, after previously withdrawing his challenge.

Asghar claimed he dropped the appeal initially out of concern for his family. His lawyers argued he should now be allowed to pursue it.

Top judges refused - saying he made a ‘deliberate and informed’ choice not to go ahead.

Asghar was in a relationship with Laura, who had a four-month-old daughter with his friend Ishaq Hussain, when he killed her in October 2010 - just days after she revealed her affairs with the two men to their families.

The judge who sentenced him said he believed Asghar treated white girls as ‘sexual targets’, not human beings.

Rejecting his appeal bid, Lord Justice Hooper said it was clear Asghar had made a ‘deliberate and informed’ choice.

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Simon and Mr Justice Sweeney, added: “This decision was clearly deliberate and, as to whether it was informed, it is quite clear he made the decision in reliance upon advice he had only a 20 per cent chance of success.

“He tells us he had concerns for the impact on his family of continuing the appeal.

“Nevertheless, those concerns, coupled with the advice to which we have referred, are not enough to satisfy us this was an uninformed decision.”